HR Support

  1. We review the recent case of a worker who lost her discrimination claim after stopping going to work over Covid concerns. She had claimed that her fear of contracting the virus was a ‘protected belief’ under the Equality Act after an employer withheld the worker’s wages. Background to Recent Covid Discrimination Claim The claimant concerned, […]

  2. There will be an extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year and many employers will be questioning if an employee is entitled to this extra days’ holiday. The answer to this question will vary depending on the wording of the employee’s contract. We review the HR implications of the additional Bank […]

  3. The festive time of year is fast approaching and the same Christmas related employment issues arise time after time in many businesses. We review the effects that Christmas shopping has on employee productivity, conduct and morale and what Christmas shopping HR policies you can put in place now, to ensure you have effective working practices. […]

  4. The festive season is upon us and despite the advice to work from home if you can the UK government has stated that office parties can still go ahead. In this article, we review the 5 key HR challenges facing businesses and provide practical advice to help you have trouble-free company Christmas parties. Are you […]

  5. On 11th November 2021 amendments to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 came into force, mandating full vaccination of staff employed in registered care homes, unless they are exempt. The new rules also extend to any professionals visiting the homes, for example, inspectors, tradespeople, social workers and hairdressers. We review these recent amendments and […]

  6. In 2020, the Government consulted on the introduction of new Carer’s Leave into workplaces to support employees with caring responsibilities. It seems likely that this will be passed into law but the timeframes are not yet clear. The current Government stance is that it will be implemented when ‘parliamentary time allows’ however it is useful […]

  7. Research carried out by the Fawcett Society, a charity that campaigns for gender equality and woman’s rights, has highlighted the challenges faced by women going through the menopause. The research was focused on the UK’s financial services industry. Menopause Research For many, the menopause occurs at just the point at which the opportunity to reach […]

  8. Hybrid working sees one of the UK’s biggest wealth managers end a plan to move into a new City of London head office. In 2019 Brewin Dolphin announced it planned to leave its current London premises next to Smithfield Market for a site on Cannon Street close to St Paul’s Cathedral. It was to move […]